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Money Monster (2016)

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Financial TV host Lee Gates and his producer Patty are put in an extreme situation when an irate investor takes them and their crew as hostage.

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Jodie Foster

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Jamie Linden (screenplay), Alan DiFiore (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
George Clooney ... Lee Gates
Julia Roberts ... Patty Fenn
Jack O'Connell ... Kyle Budwell
Dominic West ... Walt Camby
Caitriona Balfe ... Diane Lester
Giancarlo Esposito ... Captain Powell
Christopher Denham ... Ron Sprecher
Lenny Venito ... Lenny (The Cameraman)
Chris Bauer ... Lt. Nelson
Dennis Boutsikaris ... Avery Goodloe CFO
Emily Meade ... Molly
Condola Rashad ... Bree (The Assistant)
Aaron Yoo ... Won Joon
Carsey Walker Jr. Carsey Walker Jr. ... Tech Sam
Grant Rosenmeyer ... Tech Dave
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In the real-time, high stakes thriller Money Monster, George Clooney and Julia Roberts star as financial TV host Lee Gates and his producer Patty, who are put in an extreme situation when an irate investor who has lost everything (Jack O'Connell) forcefully takes over their studio. During a tense standoff broadcast to millions on live TV, Lee and Patty must work furiously against the clock to unravel the mystery behind a conspiracy at the heart of today's fast-paced, high-tech global markets. Written by Sony Pictures Entertainment

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Not every conspiracy is a theory. See more »

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Rated R for language throughout, some sexuality and brief violence. | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Kyle's handgun used throughout the movie is a Beretta 84BB. See more »

Goofs

According to the dialogue, Kyle's hijacking of Lee's show happens four weeks after Friday, March 6, which would have to be 2015 because 3/6/16 is a Sunday. Thus, the main events of the film happen on Friday, April 3, 2015, but the stamp on Walt's passport has a date of March 31, 2016. See more »

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[first lines]
Lee Gates: Okay, here we go. Are you listening? Are you paying attention out there? Good. Because it's about to get complicated, so I'm gonna start out slow and make it nice and simple for you. You don't have a *clue* where your money is. See, once upon a time, you could walk into your bank, and they'd open a vault and point to a gold brick. Not anymore. Your money - that thing that you bust your ass for - it's nothing more than a few photons of energy traveling through a massive network of ...
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Features Strait-Jacket (1964) See more »

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Electrocution Sequence
from "The Thing from Another World (1951)"
Written and Conducted by Dimitri Tiomkin
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. and Turner Entertainment Co.
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Sure It's Entertaining But It's Also Rather Shallow
20 September 2016 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Money Monster (2016)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

Lee Gates (George Clooney) is a hot shot financial TV personality who offers up advice on what stocks to buy and which ones to sell. His director (Julia Roberts) is on her last show when they've scored an interview with a big CEO but when he backs out they don't realize how worst the day is going to get. Soon Kyle Budwell (Jack O'Connell) bursts into their studio and on live television he takes over the show carrying a gun and a bomb.

MONEY MONSTER comes from director Jodie Foster and I must admit that I went into it with incredibly high expectations. Whether people like it or not Clooney had done many great movies and delivered many great performances over the past decade so I thought with him and Foster together we'd get a hard-hitting drama that would take down the ugly side of Wall Street. Well, the movie was entertaining while you watched it but afterwards I couldn't help but feel extremely disappointed because when you get down to it the film was pretty shallow.

There's a great film hidden somewhere in here but it seems that they had to simple everything down so that your average viewer wouldn't get lost. I can only imagine what this could have been if someone like the late Sidney Lumet had been able to make it and the screenplay was allowed to be much more hard hitting and really go after the bad guys. This film starts off on a highly unlikely plot device (getting into the studio so easily) and by the final act it completely falls apart with its rather stupid plot twists.

With that said, the movie is still slightly entertaining to a point. Foster does a good job in her directing duties but there's no question that a new screenplay was needed. Both Clooney and Roberts work extremely well together and both give fine performances. Clooney does a good job at playing the charm but as the drama builds he also manages to sell that. O'Connell is also very good in his role of the man who finds himself in a desperate place so he reaches for a rather dumb idea.

MONEY MONSTER has its heart in the right place but it just seems like one of those movies that doesn't want to be too serious or too finger pointing and instead of any hard hitting drama and questions we're just left with a rather mindless action film with an unlikely plot. It's really too bad because with the talent involved this should have been so much better.


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Release Date:

13 May 2016 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$27,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$14,788,157, 15 May 2016

Gross USA:

$41,012,075

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$93,282,604
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2.39 : 1
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